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When Acquisition Mistakes Hurt Defense

The U.S. Air Force is buying 20 light support planes for the Afghan air force, but because of acquisition mistakes by the U.S. the planes may arrive after U.S. Air Force trainers have left the country.

Paperwork mistakes in the original acquisition process forced the Air Force to re-open competition for the contract. According to a DoD Buzz article:

Because of the mistakes made by the Air Force, the contract for the 20 planes will cost U.S. taxpayers an extra $72 million and the first ones will not start arriving to Afghanistan until 2015. The original contract awarded in 2011 was for $355 million and set to have planes delivered by 2014.

U.S. forces are set to leave in 2014, which is now before those 20 planes are scheduled to arrive. So not only did that paperwork mistake cost the U.S. an extra $72 million, but it may make the planes bought with that money far less effective.

Read more in the DoD Buzz story.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

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